World T20, 19th Match, Group 1: Netherlands v Sri Lanka at Chittagong, Mar 24, 2014
World T20 - 19th match, Group 1
Sri Lanka won by 9 wickets (with 90 balls remaining)
Played at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong (neutral venue)
24 March 2014 - night match (20-over match)

7.35 pm Stephan Myburgh gets into battle mode, jams his helmet down and strides out with his partner Michael Swart. Sri Lanka are getting their field just how they like it as Nuwan Kulasekara revs up. Some last minute advice from Mahela Jayawardene

KJE: "I am a South African living in Leiden. I am doing my best to get Dutch friends excited about cricket. So far so good :) We're off to watch NL v SA on Thurs! " That's for you, GN

"53 initials among the two teams," counts Aabhas. "Must be a record - unless Sri Lanka have ever played Hyderabad in one of their tours to India!" Think of the domestic matches in Sri Lanka...

7.25 pm Out come the flags and the teams won't be too far behind. Time for the national anthems

Dhananjoy: "Why is Tendo not there in the Dutch squad? Injured?" Nope. he hasn't played for Netherlands since 2011. He's plying his trade with Otago in New Zealand right now

SKD: "It will be the Mendises and Narines of the world who will pose problems to the Dutch, more than someone like Malinga." Perfect time to sneak in our latest cartoon...

"I live in Amsterdam. Not even a single soul in my office knows that they are playing in a WC now. You should see this place this summer when they play in another WC." Thanks for tuning in, GN. We'll drag the rest over soon enough

Guido: "Logan van Beek again??? With 1 run and 0/80 in his last three matches there must surely be somebody better out there!" Well, in his defence, he didn't bat on two occasions. And it's T20. You're bound to go for a few runs

7.15 pm The pitch report reckons there is a little fringe of grass on it. But the more important factor would be dew. Not too much of it right now though

Suhail: "Watch out for Myburgh and Tom Cooper. Might be a surprise package for Chandimal and company."

"Do or die for Dilshan," predicts Daniel Alexander. "Hope he will fire tonight "

Kishore: "No tongue twisting names in Netherlands' squad." Helps loads doing comms, I can tell you

"There are only three types of bowlers. One is Steyn (Whom we just saw), Others(who we see everyday) and Malinga (who we will see just now)," boom an emphatic Ankit

"Do you believe in miracles? Maybe the Dutch have already used up their share for this tournament. However, they can sit back, relax and have some fun because they have already far surpassed all expectations. Suspect that Sri Lanka will be a tougher prospect though than Zim, UAE or Ireland." No need to hedge on that, Mark. It is definitely going to be a step up

Sri Lanka have won the toss and will field first Bit of dew is expected, which makes Dinesh Chandimal want his bowlers to get first crack. Picks out Kusal and Malinga as key performers in the tournament so far. Same team for Sri Lanka

Peter Borren, the Netherlands captain, wanted to field first as well, only because of the trend established in the tournament. Time for them to refocus, would be a big challenge for them and they're happy to bat first. No changes

"Are we going to see same thing as yesterday after the 1st game, 2nd game was low scoring," Well, those things turn out to be thrillers too, Saibabu Goud

7.00 pm If you've managed to wander in here, good on you. Dale Steyn has stolen a win away from New Zealand with a final over that was out of this world. There have been several calls for teams to better what Netherlands did en route to raging through to the tournament proper, and looks like the other teams are all too keen to take the challenge. Right now though the focus is on a David v Goliath story, as Andrew Fernando explains in his preview


Kulasekara to Myburgh, no run, good swing away from the batsman, who watchfully leaves it alone.


Kulasekara to Myburgh, no run, flips over to leg stump with a short of a length delivery, nudged away off his thighs


Kulasekara to Myburgh, OUT, right down the throat of Malinga at third man! Myburgh busts tonight! This was fullish and angled across him as Kulasekara invited the drive. Myburgh doesn't seem like a man who says no thank you to those balls and flayed at it. Gets a very, very thick outside edge that carries all the way to the deep. Malinga looks back to check he hasn't trod on the ropes and then jogs up to celebrate

SJ Myburgh c Malinga b Kulasekara 0 (2m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

They crossed, so the new man Barresi is at the other end


Kulasekara to Swart, no run, fullish on and around the stumps, defends


Kulasekara to Swart, no run, tight line from Kulasekara again, blocked down the pitch


Kulasekara to Swart, no run, ripper to finish off. This straightens off a length and leaves Swart poking outside his off stump. Terrific first over

End of over 1 (wicket maiden) Netherlands 0/1 (RR: 0.00)

    • MR Swart 0 (3b)
    • W Barresi 0 (0b)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 1-1-0-1

Daniel Alexander: "Kulasekara is the most underrated bowler today, swings the new ball and has the ability to bowl yorkers at the death. " Here's Angelo. Malinga held back again


Mathews to Barresi, no run, back of a length outside off, dabbed towards point


Mathews to Barresi, no run, movement for Mathews as well. And he manages a bit of extra bounce too. Back of a length and outside off, Barresi pushes from the crease and is beaten


Mathews to Barresi, 1 run, outside edge wanders away to deep third man. Probing away outside off. That held on the pitch a little


Mathews to Swart, OUT, dances down the pitch and he has whacked it, only this takes the top edge. Mathews has adjusted his length and dug in short. No room on offer either as this sails into the night sky but Sanga gets under it with those big gloves and snaps it up. This isn't the Netherlands that played the last game

MR Swart c †Sangakkara b Mathews 0 (8m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Mike: "A moment of silence for all those who picked Myburgh in their fantasy team"


Mathews to Barresi, OUT, and another one! This has been thumped straight to the hands of the captain at cover! Netherlands are digging themselves into a great big hole here. Back of a length outside off, he stands up tall and punches it right off the middle but has forgotten all about placement.

W Barresi c Chandimal b Mathews 1 (6m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

7.45 pm The floodlights have malfunctioned and it's far too dark to continue playing cricket. The players are still on the field for now though. Chandimal takes the time to share a few jokes with the umpires. Angelo Mathews is on a hat-trick, by the way

Nandakiran N: "How much drama in just 2 overs? 3 wickets and now, Flood Lights malfunctioning. Dutch seem to be very happy. If the match is abandoned, they would take it happily, without a second thought." Oh, I doubt it would be as bad as that. It was rather hard typing that with most of my fingers crossed ...

7.54 pm Aha, only a minor delay. Mathews searching for the second World T20 hat-trick


Mathews to Borren, no run, good length ball, shaping away from the batsman, who doesn't want to play at it. Pulls his bat well inside the line

End of over 2 (1 run) Netherlands 1/3 (RR: 0.50)

    • PW Borren 0 (1b)
    • TLW Cooper 0 (0b)
    • AD Mathews 1-0-1-2
    • KMDN Kulasekara 1-1-0-1

Kulasekara to TLW Cooper, no run, fullish and just a shade outside off, Cooper shuffles across and blocks off the back foot


Kulasekara to TLW Cooper, 1 leg bye, darts this in at him off a length, Cooper was a little late on the flick. They try and sneak a leg-bye and succeed because Kula has to turn and aim at bowler's end. Doesn't hit direct


Kulasekara to Borren, no run, big inswinger raps him on the front pad. Borren had planted it in line and has to bring his bat around it. Think that was doing too much


Kulasekara to Borren, no run, fullish, around off stump. Defended off the front foot


Kulasekara to Borren, no run, full and curling in at him, Borren's flick square on the leg side doesn't bear fruit


Kulasekara to Borren, no run, bit of width and he's carved it to cover off the front foot. Solid stroke

Mayank: "after 2.3 NL are 2-3" There's still that. This is a maiden

End of over 3 (1 run, maiden) Netherlands 2/3 (RR: 0.66)

    • PW Borren 0 (5b)
    • TLW Cooper 0 (2b)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 2-2-0-1
    • AD Mathews 1-0-1-2

naresh: "hey bring on Malinga, let's make it a 5 over affair"


Mathews to TLW Cooper, no run, back of a length and outside off, steered with an open face to point


Mathews to TLW Cooper, FOUR, slower ball with a bit of width, Cooper leans forward and drives in front of point. Great timing


Mathews to TLW Cooper, 2 runs, not quite short enough as he rocks back, but the pull goes off a thick inside edge towards deep midwicket


Mathews to TLW Cooper, 1 run, dug in short but this time Mathews is a bit too nippy for him. Gets a glove as he attempts another pull. Lobs over in the area of short fine leg, but drops short of Mendis


Mathews to Borren, no run, shortish and just outside the off stump, he leaps up off his feet and defends with soft hands


Mathews to Borren, OUT, trapped in front by an inswinger! Borren bags the third duck of the innings. This is fullish and drew the batsman forward, but he had to play around the front pad having not taken into account Mathews' swing.

PW Borren lbw b Mathews 0 (14m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

End of over 4 (7 runs) Netherlands 9/4 (RR: 2.25)

    • TLW Cooper 7 (6b 1x4)
    • AD Mathews 2-0-8-3
    • KMDN Kulasekara 2-2-0-1

Ben Cooper walks out and as Malinga wants his share of wickets


Malinga to TLW Cooper, no run, a bit slower to start off as he goes full and outside off. The batsman was deceived and by the time he adjusts with a dab, hes beaten

Two slips in place


Malinga to TLW Cooper, no run, fullish and outside off, Cooper slashes and misses


Malinga to TLW Cooper, no run, 135kph, a hint of away movement for Malinga as Cooper plays well away from his body. Can't connect this time either


Malinga to TLW Cooper, 1 run, 134kph, just short of a good length and this time he gets into better position to steer to point


Malinga to BN Cooper, no run, inswinging yorker homing in on off-stump but Ben keeps out. That's cricket's equivalent of a heat-seeking missle


Malinga to BN Cooper, 1 leg bye, another one full on leg stump, Ben goes for a whip but this scurries off the pad square on the leg side

alex: "yesterday the Akmal brothers did well , earlier today the Morkels didn't didn't do very well , wonder how the Coopers will do."

End of over 5 (2 runs) Netherlands 11/4 (RR: 2.20)

    • BN Cooper 0 (2b)
    • TLW Cooper 8 (10b 1x4)
    • SL Malinga 1-0-1-0
    • AD Mathews 2-0-8-3

A widish slip has been employed


Mathews to BN Cooper, no run, fullish on off stump, comes forward and punches to cover


Mathews to BN Cooper, no run, good length ball pushed across the left-hander, lures him into a push and beats him comfortably with a bit of nip away


Mathews to BN Cooper, no run, and another one that's a bit too much for him. Inches forward and pushes on the up, but the ball having pitched on a good length curls away and bounces a bit more


Mathews to BN Cooper, FOUR, whack, what an answer! this was length on leg stump and he's picked it away to the midwicket boundary. Top shot


Mathews to BN Cooper, no run, dab to third man doesn't work as this back of a length ball outside off beats the ouside edge


Mathews to BN Cooper, no run, far too close for that late cut and Mathews continues to generate good bounce off the deck. Can't connect and that ends the powerplay. Netherlands are 15 for 4

End of over 6 (4 runs) Netherlands 15/4 (RR: 2.50)

    • BN Cooper 4 (8b 1x4)
    • TLW Cooper 8 (10b 1x4)
    • AD Mathews 3-0-12-3
    • SL Malinga 1-0-1-0

"I think Netherland will make another 190+ runs in last 13.4 overs :)" Perchance to dream, Rohit. Here's Mendis. Slip in place


Mendis to TLW Cooper, 1 run, tentative push to long-on as this was a quick, flat legspinner outside off


Mendis to BN Cooper, 3 runs, this one moves away from the left-hander. Goes for a drive on the up and gets a thick outside edge that seems set for the third man boundary, but Kusal dives head-first and pulls it back


Mendis to TLW Cooper, FOUR, gorgeous! This was tossed up with a bit of width and Cooper just leaned into a cover drive that was supremely well timed


Mendis to TLW Cooper, 1 run, quick and flat again and he's on the stumps as Tom nudges into the leg side


Mendis to BN Cooper, 1 run, OUT, dances down to reach the pitch and has slammed this to long-off. A dive prevents it from reaching the boundary, but they're looking to steal an extra run. Direct hit and Mendis did well to recognise it was on target and pulls his hands away from the line of the throw. Kula, you beauty. Take a bow

BN Cooper run out 8 (13m 10b 1x4 0x6) SR: 80.00

scanners: "Trying to work in a 'going Dutch' joke into the proceedings. Anyone any ideas?"


Mendis to TLW Cooper, no run, goes deep in his crease to block a length ball that skids onto him

End of over 7 (10 runs) Netherlands 25/5 (RR: 3.57)

    • TLW Cooper 14 (14b 2x4)
    • Mudassar Bukhari 0 (0b)
    • BAW Mendis 1-0-10-0
    • AD Mathews 3-0-12-3

Mathews to Mudassar Bukhari, 1 run, extra bounce continuing to trouble them. Short of a length just outside off pushes him back in the crease as he dabs with soft hands


Mathews to TLW Cooper, 1 run, fullish and outside off, Cooper comes forward and drives. Gets an outside edge to third man


Mathews to Mudassar Bukhari, no run, goes full and straight and forces Bukhari, the new batsman, to hurry into his defensive stroke


Mathews to Mudassar Bukhari, no run, fullish and outside off, Bukhari strides forward in search of an on-the-up cover drive. Bit more bounce foils his stroke


Mathews to Mudassar Bukhari, 1 run, good length ball outside off, Cooper shuffles on his back foot and punches through the covers


Mathews to TLW Cooper, 1 run

End of over 8 (4 runs) Netherlands 29/5 (RR: 3.62)

    • TLW Cooper 16 (16b 2x4)
    • Mudassar Bukhari 2 (4b)
    • AD Mathews 4-0-16-3
    • BAW Mendis 1-0-10-0

the bans: "dutch jokes, probably not seeing the blues but oranges"


Mendis to TLW Cooper, 4 leg byes, bit of bottom edge that scurries right between the keeper and slip. Quick and flat leg spinner and the batsman went right back in his crease and tried to flick to midwicket


Mendis to TLW Cooper, OUT, moves across to off stump in search for the lap over fine leg. The swing doesn't connect and the ball thuds into his pads in front of leg stump. Appeal upheld, umpire's call on hitting leg

TLW Cooper lbw b Mendis 16 (37m 18b 2x4 0x6) SR: 88.88


Mendis to van Beek, 1 run, tossed up on off stump, lunges forward on off stump and sweeps to deep square leg


Mendis to Mudassar Bukhari, 1 run, flighted on off and this is driven down the ground


Mendis to van Beek, no run, well bowled there. Good length ball with a bit of spin away. Comes forward and can only defend


Mendis to van Beek, no run, they're struggling to pick him big time! This leaps up off the pitch and jags in at him. Adjusts well enough as he defends with soft hands

End of over 9 (6 runs) Netherlands 35/6 (RR: 3.88)

    • LV van Beek 1 (3b)
    • Mudassar Bukhari 3 (5b)
    • BAW Mendis 2-0-12-1
    • AD Mathews 4-0-16-3

Roman: "Netherlands in here with a plan..They just want to make a world record!! There seems to be no other way than going for low score in todays match!!" All you fantasy fans, here's your man Malinga


Malinga to Mudassar Bukhari, no run, full toss on off stump, pushed into the off side

Slip still in place


Malinga to Mudassar Bukhari, 1 run, slings one in nice and full on middle stump, whipped away to long leg

Ricky: "Time to go all Wolverine, Logan!!"


Malinga to van Beek, OUT, he ain't doin none o that. This is a slow yorker and he is thoroughly flummoxed by it. Into the flick too early, tries to slow the bat speed but doesn't get it low enough to prevent the ball from sneaking through and clattering into the stumps. Static feet helped too

LV van Beek b Malinga 1 (5m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00


Malinga to Seelaar, 2 runs, another attempted slow yorker, but this ends up a full toss on leg stump. Worked away to deep square leg


Malinga to Seelaar, 1 run, full and targeting leg stump, nudged behind square leg


Malinga to Mudassar Bukhari, OUT, and another for the slow yorker! This one dipped massively as Bukhari looks for midwicket. Nowhere near this ball as it clips his pad and ricochets onto the stumps. Netherlands are on course for making the lowest total (previous 56) in T20 cricket.

Mudassar Bukhari b Malinga 4 (15m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

End of over 10 (4 runs) Netherlands 39/8 (RR: 3.90)

    • PM Seelaar 3 (2b)
    • SL Malinga 2-0-5-2
    • BAW Mendis 2-0-12-1

Mendis to Seelaar, OUT, caught at slip and Seelaar walks away with a bit of a smile. He knows Sri Lanka have been far too good for them. Slows this up and he gets good turn after pitching it full. He goes forward to block, and gets an outside edge that is pouched by slip who was diving low to his right

PM Seelaar c Mathews b Mendis 3 (4m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00


Mendis to Ahsan Malik, no run, flighted outside leg stump and goes for a lead-footed flick. Gets a leading edge which is too far wide of the bowler


Mendis to Ahsan Malik, OUT, and it's been wrapped up in a nice little bow by a wrong 'un. Tossed up on off stump and this rips back in. Malik has no clue this was the variation and was setting himself up to hit it square. By the time he read it off the pitch, it was too late. This is the lowest T20I score in history

Ahsan Malik lbw b Mendis 0 (2m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

8.35 pm This certainly was not on the drawing board of the Dutch before this game. Peter Borren wanted to refocus today, but they looked all at sea against the No.1-ranked T20 team. They could only last 10.3 overs (in which time they had smashed 150 for 3 against Ireland, talk about Jekyll and Hyde moments) and Sri Lanka need only 40 to win, and I daresay they'll be looking to up their run-rate today.

Danish Adeel: "SL is use to of bowling opposition out in low Totals, in ODI Zimbabwe 35 v Sri Lanka, Canada 36 v Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe 38 v Sri Lanka and now Nether Land 39 v Sri Lanka in T20"

WATCHESPN: 19th Match, Group 1: Netherlands v Sri Lanka at Chittagong, Mar 24, 2014
WATCHESPN: 19th Match, Group 1: Netherlands v Sri Lanka at Chittagong, Mar 24, 2014





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Hours of play (local time) 19.30 start, First Session 19.30-20.50, Interval 20.50-21.10, Second Session 21.20-22.30

Match Coverage

Crowe: Netherlands weren't up for it mentally
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